"New Perspectives on Community and Identity"

mike_newland.pngThe 3rd annual Society and Culture Undergraduate Research Forum takes place Wednesday, May 4 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. in the Cooperage. This student-organized forum, affiliated with the SSU Anthropology Club, is designed to offer undergraduates in the social sciences an opportunity to present their research in a public setting.

This year's theme is "New Perspectives on Community and Identity." The evening's keynote speaker is Mike Newland, a staff archaeologist at SSU's Anthropological Studies Center, where he has conducted research for the past fifteen years.

Newland is also the current president-elect of the Society for California Archaeology.


The evening begins at 6 p.m. with the keynote speech by Newland, followed by block research presentations beginning at 6:40 p.m. and 7:50 p.m. A preliminary schedule is listed below:


Block 1, Main Room


6:40 p.m.-6:55 p.m.

Gilbert Browning, "Preliminary Obsidian Analysis from El Aguacate, Spanish Lookout Belize"


6:55 p.m.-7:10 p.m.

Dan Cusimano, "Hominin Bipedalism: Form, Function, and Theory"


7:10 p.m.-7:25 p.m.

Michaela Spangenburg, "The Validity of Race as a Tool of Identification in Forensic Anthropology"


7:25 p.m.-7:40 p.m.

Annie Opatz, "Osteological Effects of Cystic Fibrosis vs. Tuberculosis, What Killed Fredrick Chopin?"


Block 1, Room 2


6:40 p.m.-6:55 p.m.

Adele Webster, "The Distribution of Fine Cheeses in Sonoma County"


6:55 p.m.-7:10 p.m.

Ostin Moon, "Jack London: A Life of Conflicting Psychological Constructs"


7:10 p.m.-7:25 p.m.

Marissa Carter, "Comparing Legitimate and Illegitimate Use of Neighborhood Parks in Windsor, California"


7:25 p.m.-7:40 p.m.

Zach Reese, "The Relationship between a Recession Economy and Small Town Tourism"


Block 2, Main Room

7:50 p.m.-8:05 p.m.

Alexa Davis, "The Living Heritage of Church Communities - Levuka, Fiji"


8:05 p.m.-8:20 p.m.

Pamela Santagada, "Mujer CamaleĆ³n: a Latina immigrant's journey through her empowerment"


8:20 p.m.-8:35 p.m.

Rhonda Balzarini, Aubrey Koch, Marissa George, and Stephanie McKee, "Looking up and feeling blue: Antecedents and consequences of women's physical appearance comparisons"


Block 2, Room 2


7:50 p.m.-8:05 p.m.

Melanie Perez, "Inequitable Land Distribution as a Cause of Environmental Degradation and Resource Conflict in the Developing World"


8:05 p.m.-8:20 p.m.

Emily Bridgewater, "Climate Refugees"


8:20 p.m.-8:35 p.m.

Katrina Conrad, "Water privatization in developing nations and its effect on access to clean water"


8:35 p.m.-8:50 p.m.

Claire DeNike, "Environmental Sovereignty"


For more information about anthropology studies at Sonoma State University, visit the Department of Anthropology website or the Anthropological Studies Center website.

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